It's Tim Sherwood, contractually until 2015, although that has more to do with financial security than a certified objective to see out the contract (from the perspective of the chairman). Tim can't lose either way. Spurs have arguably already lost if you consider the fallacy of the project, the longevity of the scientific appointment and approach of Andre Villas-Boas and then it's implosion that quite tragically followed a £100M spending spree. Hardly a strategic master-plan, but then what do we know? Not a lot.
The club statement does state the following:
"We were extremely reluctant to make a change mid-season, but felt we had to do so in the Club's best interests"
Which is fairly ambiguous as it can more or less describe any given scenario - be it the fact that our intentions were never to find ourselves in a position where we would sack the same coach we backed so spectacularly during the summer.
Whether it was political (regarding transfer targets differing from actual signings) or if Villas-Boas had someone inadvertently isolated himself within the club without ever willing to take console and accept help - who knows? It's far easier to conclude it was simply down to the results, out of his depth and unable to see past personal vendettas. What we do know is that Spurs and AVB had reached a tipping point and change was the unforgiving escape capsule.
If it was a mutual agreement then maybe in the end AVB agreed that walking away was for the best. So what with it being Christmas and possibly the most inappropriate time (mid-season) to steal a coach away from another contract, that much sought after continuity can only come from within.
"We are in the fortunate position of having within our Club a talented coach in Tim Sherwood. We believe Tim has both the knowledge and the drive to take the squad forward."
Daniel Levy with yet another executive decision or carefully disguised desperation. Pick one.
There's a fair few schools of thought concerning the best way forward from our current self-inflicted predicament. The season is hardly lost. Two to three wins changes the complexion of the league table, as it will do for the rest of the season. Our start of season ambitions must remain the same, even with the perceived turmoil/crisis we've been tagged with.
Should Levy have made a bolder statement - especially to the players - by bringing in a top name? As stated, not the greatest of timing to capture such a signature. So why not allow the highly rated Sherwood (by everyone involved at Spurs) to take the helm until the rest of the season? Some might perceive this as the bolder statement.
If he does well he gets to see out his contract and Levy can still make plans for a potential replacement that fits whatever the brand new blue print is, if required, or Tim keeps his job because he's living up to the hype he's created for himself.
The reality is, there is no blueprint, template or master-plan. I think theoretically we all like to believe there's one and Levy probably thinks the director of football is the strategy but the only constant is the consistency of inconsistency. The wonderful world of Tottenham Hotspur where chaos is king and the rulebook is made up as we go along.
Social media has imploded. There's questioning of coaching badges, lack of actual experience with first team football, dubious comments made in the past and how it all seems utterly ridiculous that a club of our stature (a club seeking to attain a higher stature) would give controls over to someone considered a relative novice - even compared to the much maligned AVB (who never played football but did have a reputation before his London blues destroyed him).
You want the Spurs way? You've got the Spurs way. Incoherent mismanagement when it comes to matters of a footballing nature. The only light at the end of the tunnel is that when a managerial appointment is forced upon us, it tends to go quite well (Jol, Redknapp).
It's all down to results now. It's never a dull moment. So many players at Spurs and already rumours of some being relegated to the reserves and a potential influx of soon to be promoted youth players to the first team.
Does Sherwood have the luxury of time to gel and evolve the team into one that compliments his philosophy or is the expectancy to simply get this wealth of talent, functioning to the level it should be at so we can contend now, rather than the perpetual promise of next season? What is his philosophy? We'll find out soon but the more than obvious connection we can make presently is that there is a direct correlation now between Hotspur Way and the academy machine straight up to the first team.
The only thing that matters is the one thing that will have to bind us all together.
Tim Sherwoods' blue and white army.
My initial gut reaction with Redknapp was wrong. My initial gut reaction with Sherwood was, might be wrong.
No turning our backs on this reality. No turning our backs on that other reality. The one where Levy presides in, with complete immunity. His objective is probably far more simplistic than any far fetched fantasy we harbour as supporters. Keep Tottenham there or thereabouts, so the potential selling price doesn't lose its value.
Welcome to the brave new world. Again.